MEDIEVAL & MODERN

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994857l

Arab Sasanian. Daray, Copper Fals, Bishapur, undated (c. 700 AD! ), obv facing bust, rev human headed bull, 1.07g (Gyselen p.122, type 7) (Baldwins, Islamic Coin Auction 25, lot 43)

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2780462

Umayyad Caliphate. Ābāy. Æ Pashiz (20mm, 1.75 g, 6h). Bīshāpūr mint. No date. Two facing busts (“Heraclius and son” type), the smaller with three pellets to left and star above, the larger with single pellet to left and pellet-in-crescent above; “May xvarrah increase” in Pahlavi to left, the name(?) “Ābāy” to right; circle border / Crowned Gōpatshāh to right; three pellets at end of diadem and at end of tail, pellet between forelegs, Pahlavi letter P(?) and star to right, “May Bīshāpūr be prosperous (or free?)” in Pahlavi around; circle border. Gyselen 8.2 (this coin). (CNG eAuction 278, lot 462).

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2780463

Umayyad Caliphate. Abzāy. Æ Pashiz (20mm, 0.98 g, 1h). Bīshāpūr mint. No date. Crowned janiform head with pellet-within-annulet and crescent before each face; “xvarrah” in Pahlavi to left, the name(?) “Abzāy” to right; circle border; c/m’s: uncertain Arabic legend within oval incuse and star, crescent, and annulet-in-circle within oval incuse / Crowned Gōpatshāh to right; three pellets at end of diadem and at end of tail (very faint), pellet between forelegs, Pahlavi letter P(?) and star to right, “May Bīshāpūr be prosperous (or free?)” in Pahlavi around; circle border. Gyselen 6.15 (this coin) and countermarks IV and XI. (CNG eAuction 278, lot 463).

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2780464

Umayyad Caliphate. Abzāy. Æ Pashiz (21mm, 1.10 g, 3h). Bīshāpūr mint. No date. Crowned janiform head with pellet-within-annulet and crescent before each face; “xvarrah” in Pahlavi to left, the name(?) “Abzāy” to right; circle border / Crowned Gōpatshāh to right; three pellets at end of diadem and at end of tail, pellet between forelegs, Pahlavi letter P(?) and star to right, “May Bīshāpūr be prosperous (or free?)” in Pahlavi around; circle border. Gyselen 6.8 (this coin). (CNG eAuction 278, lot 464)

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2860495

Dārāy. Circa AH 72-95 / AD 691-714. Æ Pashiz (20mm, 1.06 g, 6h). Bīshāpūr mint. Nimbate and bearded bust facing; pellet-within-annulet to either side / Crowned Gōpatshāh to right; three pellets at end of diadem and at end of tail, [pellet] between forelegs, Pahlavi letter “P” and star to right. Gyselen 7.4 (this coin cited). Near Fine, brown patina. One of twelve cited by Gyselen. (CNG eAuction 286, lot 495).

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Pandolfo

 

 

 

 

 

Pandolfo of Capua (Lombardi Occupation) 1027-1030 AD.AE Follaro, 1.81g.  Obv: Figure standing, facing, globe in hand (?), P obove and C below (Capuae Princeps); Rev: Man-faced bull rushing right,Nike behind, P above.

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1099023

 

 

 

 

 

GRAND PRINCIPALITY OF TVER. Ivan Mikhailovich (1399-1425), Pulo, head of bull facing, rev legend in four lines (O 339; G 69). Good very fine.  (Baldwin’s Auction 39, 11 October 2004, lot 1508)

This piece is especially interesting.  It appears 700 years after the last man-faced bull from the Sasanian mint of Bishapur, c. 650 AD, and the Sasanian piece was the first man-faced bull since the beginning of the first millenium AD, when Augustus struck a commemorative silver piece depicting the man-faced bull.  Man-faced bulls have been seen on Byzantine lead seals dated to c. 700 AD, but nothing as late as this coin.  Tver itself is on the Volga river, a river which extends all the way down to the Caspian and Black Sea area, around where our very first man-faced bull of 5th Millenium BC Karanovo culture appeared some 5,000 years before this piece!

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Lysippus

 

 

 

 

 

Lysippus Medal, AE 39.5mm, Late 15th Century AD.  Obv: Bust to left, in cap, ivy-leaves below on stalk, FRANCISCVS VITALIS NOIANVS around.  Rev:  REGVM PRAECEPTOR above, Human headed bull over crest.

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3030960

 

 

 

 

 

TRADE TOKENS, Middlesex. John Ashby, stockbrocker. CU Token (35mm, 15.41 g, 6h). Struck 1824-1828. Man-headed bull left; below, JOHN ASHBY/ STOCK BROCKER/ – No. 3 – BARTHOLOMEW LANE/ BANK / Man-headed bear right; below, calender and office hours. Mitchiner, Jetons 3, 5790. In addition to representing the bull and bear markets, the creatures on this token bear the faces of Nathan Mayer Rothschild and Moses Macatta, both powerful Jewish bankers in London at the time. (CNG, eAuction 303, 960)

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926915

 

 

 

 

 

FRANCE, Premier Empire. Caroline Bonaparte. Queen Consort of Naples and Sicily, 1808-1815. Æ Medal (23mm, 6.03 g, 12h). By Brenet (after a nomos of Neapolis). Struck 1808. BAΣIΛIΣΣA KAPOΛINH, diademed head right, wearing triple-pendant earring and pearl necklace / Man-headed bull standing right, head facing; above, crowning Nike flying right; NEΩΠOΛITΩN in exergue. Edge: Plain. Bramsen 772. (CNG, Coin Shop)

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ConquistadiNapoli

 

 

 

 

 

Gilt AE 41. Conquest of Naples Type. Bramsen 516, d’Essling 1129, Millin 120, Julius 1557 (http://maxentius.lamoneta.it/PagineMedaglie/ConquistadiNapoli.htm)

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1125706l

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medaglie Napoleoniche
PERIODO NAPOLEONICO, dal 1796 al 1815.
Medaglia 1806 opus Jean-Pierre Droz e Nicolas Gui Antoine BrenetÆ gr. 32,07 mm 40,4 NAPOLEON EMP ET ROI Testa laureata di Napoleone a d. Rv. Toro a testa umana a d. e Vittoria in volo verso destra nell’atto di incoronarlo. All’esergo, CONQUETE DE NAPLES MDCCCVI in due righe. In piccolo a sinistra, BRENET F DENON Ricciardi 72; Siciliano 1; Julius 1556; Essling 1129; D’Auria 7
Rara. SPL Per la conquista del Regno di Napoli. (Numismatica Ranieri, Auction 6, lot 255)

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ANS

 

 

 

 

 

Bronze Medal, 247.394g, 77mm, Eugene Daub, for Alan Harlan’s 50th Birthday. (ANS 2005.22.1)

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